Atlantic 4 - Finland 3
MACKINNON’S FOUR POINTS LEAD ATLANTIC TO FIRST WIN
by Matt Nicholson
PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. – Nathan MacKinnon set the tone with his body and did the damage with hisstick,scoring twice and adding two assists to help Atlantic to its first win of the 2011 World Under-17HockeyChallenge, 4-3 over Finland on Friday night.
MacKinnon leveled a Finn on his first shift of the game, igniting the pro-Canadian crowd, and openedthescoring just four minutes in.
“I try to play both physical and finesse,” said MacKinnon, an underager at just 15 years old. “I find ifwecan be physical right away it opens up room for myself and my teammates.”
The win evened Atlantic’s record at 1-1 heading into a huge showdown with the United States onSaturdayafternoon (3 p.m. CT) – a loss to the Americans eliminates the easterners from semifinalcontention.
It looked early in the second period as if the Finns would be the ones to pick up their first win, asgoalsfrom Kalle Torniainen, Rasmus Kulmala and Teuvo Teräväinen put them up 3-1 before the middle frame wasaminute old.
But MacKinnon set up Brett Malone just over two minutes after Teräväinen’s goal, tied the game withhissecond near the seven-minute mark and assisted on Matthew Bursey’s goal in the final minute of theperiodthat put Atlantic ahead for good.
Atlantic managed to stay out of the penalty box for the most part in final 40 minutes, taking onlythreeminors, and preserve their one-goal cushion in the third period.
“Against Quebec we took to many penalties, so we just reminded ourselves what would happen if wekepttaking penalties,” said Andrew Ryan, who chipped in with three assists.
The Finns, who are 0-3 and will not play for a medal, wrap up their tournament on Saturday night (7:30p.m.CT) when they take on Germany in Portage.
|Arena||PCU Centre||City, Country||Portage la Prairie, Man.|
|Month / Day / Year||12/31/2010||Time||07:30 PM CT|
03:57 ATL 20 Nathan MacKinnon (5 Matthew Murphy)
18:17 FIN 8 Kalle Torniainen (10 Jusso Ikonen, 12 Samu Markkula)
19:11 FIN 26 Rasmus Kulmala (20 Teuvo Teräväinen, 18 Jonatan Tanus)
00:31 FIN 20 Teuvo Teräväinen (8 Kalle Torniainen) SH
02:46 ATL 18 Brett Malone (20 Nathan MacKinnon, 9 Andrew Ryan)
06:55 ATL 20 Nathan MacKinnon (9 Andrew Ryan)
19:33 ATL 12 Matthew Bursey (20 Nathan MacKinnon, 9 Andrew Ryan) PP
|Shots on Goal||1||2||3||Total|
|Player of the Game|
|Atlantic||20 Nathan MacKinnon|
|Finland||8 Kalle Torniainen|
|Lines People||Michael Harrington, Mathieu Binette|
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